Posts Tagged ‘Stephen King’

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When literary writer Thad Beaumont’s cover is blown and the world finds out he’s been moonlighting as a crime writer under the pseudonym, George Stark, blackmail promptly ensues. Rather than caving to the blackmailer’s demands, Thad Beaumont decides to go public – and kill off George Stark himself. That’s when the pseudonym takes on a life of his own and begins an angry murderous spree …

The Dark Half exhibits King’s many artistic gifts: Excellent characters, unforgettable horror, witty dialogue, and the kind of plot that keeps you turning page after page. You can’t help but get the feeling that King was taking a little revenge of his own with this book – and that only adds to the intrigue. Writers and readers alike will love this book.

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I didn’t mean to read The Institute so fast. I meant to make it last, but with King, that’s usually impossible. I was eager to read this book because it’s vintage King. There’s a good whiff of Firestarter in the book simply because of setting and subject matter, but the story is handled quite differently. In Firestarter, certain bad guys, like Rainbird, really stood out to me, but here, they’re more of a troop, but each is well drawn and memorable in true King style.

The kids are well-drawn as well and very easy to tell apart. What The Institute has in common with the novel, It, is simply that it features a group of kids drawn together to fight for themselves. These kids are misfits for the most part and this plays out in wonderful ways.

Our primary hero is a super-intelligent boy named Luke. When I was near the half-way point in the book I was beginning to wonder if things were going to get more interesting. (Not that it wasn’t interesting, but I wanted a change of scenery.) There’s no need to worry. There’s more. Lots more.

The book explodes into a long climax mid-way and all the details carefully planted in the first half come into play. It becomes impossible to set the book down. And it all leads to a terrific and satisfying ending. The Institute is going to make a terrific movie one day. I can’t wait to see it.

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I love this book. Until now, it never occurred to me to fear top hats. Why should I be afraid of a top hat, after all? They always make Stevie Nicks look kinda cute. But alas, now I suddenly see what’s been hiding in plain sight all this time: Tops hats are scary. And so is Doctor Sleep. 

Thank you, Stephen King, for adding one more irrational fear in a very long list…

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One of the most informative “on writing” books I’ve read, Stephen King’s ON WRITING goes to the very top of my list of creative writing how-tos. This book is not only educational and inspiring, but entertaining as only King can entertain. Amusing, thought-provoking, and chock-full of useful information and priceless insights, this is a must-read for writers of all ilk and every level.

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RICHARD CHRISTIAN MATHESON is an acclaimed bestselling author and screenwriter/executive producer for television and film. He has worked with Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Bryan Singer and many others on Emmy winning miniseries, feature films and hit series. His critically-hailed, dark psychological fiction has appeared in 125 major anthologies including many YEARS’ BEST volumes. 60 stories are collected in “SCARS AND OTHER DISTINGUISHING MARKS”  and the #1 Bestseller “DYSTOPIA”.  Matheson’s terror novel “CREATED BY” is a scathing glimpse of network television and his mystery novella “THE RITUAL OF ILLUSION”   is a sinister love letter to the movies. He is president of MATHESON ENTERTAINMENT.

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Last week on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!, we not only talked about #writing, but we also got into feminism, gender roles, Halloween, historical fiction – and much more…
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Alistair Cross was born in the western United States and began penning his own stories by the age of eight. First published in 2012, Alistair has since published several more novels. In 2012, he joined forces with international bestselling author, Tamara Thorne, and as Thorne & Cross, they write the successful Gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, is an Amazon Best Seller, as is Alistair’s solo novel, The Crimson Corset.

In 2014, Alistair and Tamara began the internet radio show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! Haunted Nights LIVE! premiered to great acclaim and has featured such guests as Chelsea Quinn Yarbro of the Saint-Germain vampire series, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels that inspired the hit television series, Jay Bonansinga of the Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter novels, and New York Times best sellers Christopher Rice, Jonathan Maberry, and Christopher Moore.

Alistair is currently at work on several projects including a solo novel and a new Thorne & Cross collaboration. His influences include the works of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, John Saul, Ira Levin, and William Peter Blatty.

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A review of THE ANGEL ALEJANDRO at Anthony Avina’s:

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“Sin and mankind’s misconceptions about the world at large play major themes in the supernatural thriller The Angel Alejandro by Alistair Cross. Exploring the world of temptations and the battle everyone faces within themselves when they give into their darkest desires, this incredible story showcases the ruthlessness that can reside in the best of us, and the strength it takes to push temptation aside to do what is right.

The first thing that grabbed me about this story was how similar the premise is to one of my favorite Stephen King stories, Needful Things. A charming salesman brings chaos and destruction to a small town, and must be battled by the forces of good within that very town. However this story is unique in that the overpowering threat of Gremory Jones and his followers is evenly matched by a powerful force for good working to help those few souls who see the cracks forming amongst the townspeople. The mysteries of the town’s descent, the arrival of Gremory Jones and the identity of Alejandro come colliding in the final moments of the book in a vicious and bloody battle between good and evil, and the small town of Prominence threatens to be destroyed forever by its own greed and sin.

The story and characters were very well drawn out throughout this story. Combining the best elements of authors like Stephen King and Dean Koontz, Alistair Cross showcases a unique talent for bringing to life the complex differences between people and showcase how supernatural or extraordinary events are handled by ordinary people. The characters are very relatable and the story itself flows smoothly, setting up the arch slowly and then zig-zagging at lightning speed as the action begins and the town begins to tear itself apart. The grammar was spot on and the imagery throughout the story is vivid, painting a picture that can easily be played across the recesses of the mind like a movie on a projector screen.

Overall this was a wonderful read. It had twists, shocking deaths and a fantastic ending that leaves the story for some characters open and brings a dramatic conclusion for others. This story highlights the incredible storytelling abilities of Alistair Cross, and he proves that he is one of the growing voices in the supernatural thriller genre. Be sure to pick up your copies of The Angel Alejandro by Alistair Cross today!

Rating: 10/10”

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(Mick Garris, Tobe Hooper, Stephen King, Clive Barker)

In honor of the upcoming spooky season, check out our interview with film director Mick Garris on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! 

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(Mick Garris and Jamie Lee Curtis)

Garris was born in Santa Monica, California. He is known for his adaptations of Stephen King stories, such as directing the horror film Sleepwalkers starring Mädchen Amick and is the creator of the Showtime series Masters of Horror and the NBC series Fear Itself. Garris won a 1986 Edgar Award for an episode he wrote for the Steven Spielberg-produced television series Amazing Stories. Garris directed the FEARnet web series Post Mortem. He hosted the double feature re-release of The People Under the Stairs and The Serpent and The Rainbow on 20 February 2010 in the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. He contributes to the web series Trailers From Hell. Garris was also the co-screenwriter and executive producer of Hocus Pocus.

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Garris most recently directed the miniseries adaption of Stephen King’s novel Bag of Bones and the documentary film Pure in Heart: The Life and Legacy of Lon Chaney Jr., about the life and work of Legend actor Lon Chaney Jr., which screened on the Horror-Rama 2015 in October 2015.[9] He has a role, as Himself in the Biography Horror film Digging Up the Marrow, from Indie Director Adam Green.

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As of 2015, he is also a member of the board of advisers for the Hollywood Horror Museum.

In 2017 Mick Garris has given an exclusive interview to the Ukrainian horror writer Denis Bushlatov. The interview was published in Darker magazine and is considered to be the only interview ever given to Russian-speaking fans.

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Filmography

Fuzzbucket (1986)
Critters 2: The Main Course (1988)
Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990)
Sleepwalkers (1992)
The Stand (1994)
The Shining (1997)
Quicksilver Highway (1997)
Riding the Bullet (2004)
Masters of Horror – “Chocolate” (2005)
Masters of Horror – “Valerie on the Stairs” (2006)
Desperation (2006)
Bag of Bones (2011)

As writer

*batteries not included (1987)
Critters 2: The Main Course (1988)
The Fly II (1989)
Hocus Pocus (1993)
Michael Jackson’s Ghosts (1997)
Riding the Bullet (2004)
Masters of Horror – “Haeckel’s Tale” (2005)
Masters of Horror – “Chocolate” (2005)

 

 

Today at 8pm EST, on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! – New York Times bestseller, Ridley Pearson!
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Ridley Pearson is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels, nearly equally divided between crime/suspense and middle grade adventure novels. His work has been published in two dozen languages, and has been adapted by network television and for the Broadway stage.

Peter and the Starcatchers, co-written with Dave Barry, was adapted by Rick Elice into a play which went on to Broadway to win 5 Tony Awards.

Ridley was awarded The Raymond Chandler Fulbright fellowship in detective fiction from Oxford University in 1990, was an Edgar Award nominee, was admitted to the Missouri Writer Hall of Fame  in 2013. His novels have won numerous state reading awards. Peter and the Starcatchers set a Guinness World Record for most readers reading the same novel at the same time.

His research has spanned the globe and included everything from the engine room of a cruise liner, the Kenya bush, a nighttime visit to Walt Disney World’s It’s A Small World, to a locked-room visit with inmates at a prison for the criminally insane. The real life aftereffects of this research have at various times helped authorities solve a trio of homicides and briefly made Ridley a silent contributor to an FBI task force charged with the manhunt for the Washington D.C. sniper.

Ridley plays bass guitar in a rock band comprised of other bestselling writers. His hobbies include  snowboarding, and climbing 200-foot trees. He also loves movies, sports and live theater.

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A few months ago, we had librarian (and top Goodreads reviewer) Karen Brissette on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! It turned out to be a great show for many reasons, but I was most intrigued and impressed by the “Readers Advisory” aspect of Karen’s job. For those like me who’d never heard of such a thing, “Readers Advisory,” is a service that helps readers find new books based on their personalities, tastes, and previous reading experiences. Karen is, in short, a professional book suggester … which I think is awesome. Who knew there was such a thing?

Anyway, during the show, I asked her to work her magic on me and tell me what authors were out there just waiting to dazzle my reading sensibilities. She asked me some questions about my literary preferences – which books and authors I like, which ones I don’t and why – and after some thought, she said, “Nick Cutter.”

I’d never heard of Nick Cutter and, eager to see how accurate her assessment was, I hurried out to get THE TROOP, a novel she thought I’d particularly enjoy.

And boy, was she right.

It’s taken me a while to finish due to other obligations, but I knew as soon as I started it, this was my kind of book. I read the last page tonight and am pleased to announce that my initial impression upheld. I dare say it’s one of the best I’ve read – ever. Think Lord of the Flies meets 1980s Stephen King meets anything by Richard Laymon. I will definitely be reading more by this author.

But wait. There’s more …

Naturally, when I find an author I love, I want to meet him or her, and thanks to the radio show, I get to do that. So … later this month, Nick Cutter will be our guest on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!, and I can’t wait to meet him! I’ll post the details as soon as I have them. You’ll definitely want to tune in.

Finally, to the horror lovers – check out this book. It’s grisly, visceral, and beautifully, cruelly, true to life. If you like it dark, appalling, and terrifying, you’ll dig it, I promise.